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Poster: snori Date: Jan 3, 2012 2:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Dipping into Europe '72

Got home from an Xmas - New Year break to find the Bickershaw show waiting for me. Never had a copy as there were so many shows from the tour in much better quality available. The quality of the sound and music on these discs is stunning, particularly considering the conditions. (Think the opposite of Veneta)

I aim to buy some more of these individual shows over time, probably using Cliff's reviews, filling in gaps or replacing poor quality copies.

One gripe (the usual one) - Why is the packaging so crappy ? The packet begins to split as you take out the 1st disc. Surely it would be cheaper to make them less tight ?

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Jan 3, 2012 4:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dipping into Europe '72

"The quality of the sound and music on these discs is stunning" I agree. Wait till you hear Newcastle - disc 3. A show from the tour I never did pay much mind to, but hearing it now - in show order sequence - I'm impressed with both "the quality of the sound and music on these discs".

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Poster: snori Date: Jan 4, 2012 12:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dipping into Europe '72

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll make that show the next to order.

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Jan 4, 2012 12:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dipping into Europe '72

I don't think you'll be disappointed. So far, the first night of the tour at Wembley and Newcastle have been my stand-out pleasant surprises. The energy of the first set of Wembley 4/7, or 7-4 as it would have been, is just crackling with excitement and energy. Listening to tunes like Chinatown Shuffle and Beat It On Down The Line, you can't help but feel the band's excitement and joy.

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Poster: snori Date: Jan 4, 2012 4:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dipping into Europe '72

Sod it ! At a rate of 8 - 10 shows a year I could have them all in a little over 2 years (and build a case to store then in). You know it makes sense.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 4, 2012 9:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dipping into Europe '72

And one of best ever performances of Truckin'

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Jan 4, 2012 12:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dipping into Europe '72

That entire transition from Truckin' into The Other One is spellbinding.

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Poster: portmcgroin Date: Jan 4, 2012 11:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dipping into Europe '72

Hey Duckpond "merci beaucoup" for steering me to the 5/3 Paris show. The whole show kicks ass but The Other One is so dreamy and beautiful(like you said). Then there is the Phil factor, Oh my the Bass is so nice on this recording. I had it playing in the car today and almost kept driving so I could here the whole thing.

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Jan 4, 2012 12:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dipping into Europe '72

Glad to be of assistance, it really is over the top - even for that tour. One of my favorite live recordings by anybody!! It still has a wonderful freshness after all these years and countless listenings. . . . and yes, Phil, and that Other One - a magical night indeed!

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Jan 3, 2012 3:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dipping into Europe '72

most of the new paper/cardboard cd holders suck. If you're actually using them they are a hassle to get the cd out and are certainly capable of scratching the disc. They're not too bad on the eyes though. I think the RT cd cases look great, but they are not practical.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jan 3, 2012 3:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dipping into Europe '72

Agree these are tight, but by now I've learned the method - hold the open pkg. between your thumb and middle finger, squeeze to form a slight bulge, and shake firmly, and keep shaking till enough of the disk is revealed so you can extract it.

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